Posted by FairVote on August 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Our presidential nominating system is in need of a major overhaul. Incremental changes, like instituting instant runoff voting or expanding suffrage rights for young people would be a positive start, but more sweeping reform is required to transform the process into what we can truly call "democracy." The calendar needs a facelift, the superdelegates need some directions and the people need to have a greater voice in deciding their parties' nominee for President.

Republicans can only reform their system at their convention, which means they may have a similar situation to what happened in 2000-where the nominee does not want a floor fight about the nominating process. At their convention, the Republicans should consider adopting rules to mirror the Democrats, which allow amendments to the process throughout the year. If the Democrats start the process of making these improvements at their convention in August and finish them in the coming years, they will have an opportunity to transform the way we run elections in this country as soon as 2012 and then, perhaps, live up to their name.


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